Kenya: Through operational level mutual partnerships, EBAFOSA is leveraging ICT to actualize connections among complementary actors along the value chain needed to establish EBA based clean energy powered agro-industrialization. EdenSys, an end-to-end agribusiness management enterprise resource planning (ERP) application developed by Allwins, an EBAFOSA Kenya stakeholder, has integrated the entire EBA-based clean energy powered agro-industrialization value chain to facilitate seamless flow of information and service provision among actors in this chain. EdenSys is providing a “one-stop shop” cloud of services like advisory/extension, financial intermediation, standardization enforcement among others as well as information on markets – both supply & demand markets – all critical in establishment of EBA based agro-industrial zones powered by clean energy.
For example, in Kenya, EdenSys is connecting financers with advisory service providers, suppliers of clean energy interventions among other key interveners to finance enterprises based on EBA driven agriculture & clean energy value addition. Through the EdenSys app which has mapped all these intervening actors, entrepreneurs identify a given product e.g. a solar powered micro-irrigation system for on-farm value addition, solar drier plant for off-farm value addition etc., needed to establish or enhance their agro-productivity using EBA and clean energy. ––
Going forward, the EdenSys app is expanding beyond the above operational aspects, to introduce a new layer covering strategic level data needs for policy & non policy investment decisions makers. Edensys will utilize big data and its efficient, effective and seamless dissemination to a wide variety of stakeholders at policy & operational level, to inform optimal decisions on physical & policy investments towards establishment of the agro-industrial zones.
Among key aspects covered include spatial data, including physical attributes to rate the potential of various locations where zones could be established. This is to inform policies and ground actions for most optimal location for the zones. Location will for instance need to balance nearness to source of raw materials, nearness to collection points, markets and supply chains. So spatial data on land use suitability, data on crop value chains, market & raw material locations etc., will be archived in this new layer to inform lands, planning, energy, roads development, agriculture, incentives policies and physical investment decisions to ensure they are harmonized and complement establishment of these agro-industrial zones.
The above paradigm will be expanded to cover all the 40 EBAFOSA countries.